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An Expat Talks about Living in Amersfoort, Netherlands

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Amersfoort

How long have you lived there?

All my life

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

Try sports. Get a dog and walk it. Hit the town on Saturday and Friday nights. Get acquainted with your neighours by chatting with them while working your garden. Invite them (pick a date and time). Bring your children to a Dutch School and chat with any other parent on the school grounds. Find work at a Dutch firm.

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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

You will find great diversity here but the majority is still Dutch people from all over the country.

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

Smaller industry, ICT, Insurance, Wholesale and consulting. All career opportunities axist. People usually find jobs just through applying for the job. Unemployment is relatively low under the well educated.

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

Exactly and in about that order.

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If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

Check is the area you are moving to has public transport yet. If you make enough money it is not hard to buy or rent a house/apartment. If you don't however it may take a long time to find soemthing.

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Sep 18, 2010 10:27

There are plenty of houses in Amersfoort for rent also furnished ones. Look at www.eervast.nl/huis_huren verhuurmakelaar Amersfoort.

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